"Above approach"

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Tue May 30 16:01:06 UTC 2006

On May 30, 2006, at 5:16 AM, Jim Parish wrote:

> In this morning's St. Louis Post-Dispatch, there's an AP story on Sen.
> Harry Reid, who accepted a questionable gift from the Nevada Athletic
> Commission. Kathleen Clark, an expert on congressional ethics at
> Washington University in St. Louis, is quoted as saying, "I think he
> would want to be above approach even when it's from a state
> commission and not a private lobbyist."
> If it's a deliberate coinage - above being approached? - it strikes
> me as
> halfway clever, but there's a definite eggcornish flavor to it.

this one might conceivably have been intentional, but many of the
google webhits look inadvertent:

I must say that his stewardship of this as Executive Director in the
past almost three years now has just been above approach, and I would
like ...
www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/topics/ forensics/events/dnasummit/trans-4.html

When I went to High School we assumed our text books were scholarly
works that were above approach. We believed the facts were true as
written and that the ...

As a person who has spent a life time in the construction business, I
can assure you that Midwest's work was above approach. They did an
excellent job of ...

... review of Queensland's raw sugar marketing, logistics and sugar
analysis systems was needed to ensure that its commercial practices
are above approach.

I know I sin everyday but i strive to live in a manner that is above
approach. Meaning no one can come and questioon me aout the way I
live b/c I will live ...

The jewish lobby and the jewish community and their actions /
motives, etc cannot be above approach....while everything else is
free to discuss.

eliminating dupes, i got the following webhits, almost all relevant,
for "X above approach" :
   X = be, is (31 each), are (14), was (6), were (4), been (2)
no hits for X = being, am.

looks eggcornish to me.  (note, by the way, that googling on <eggcorn
oak> yields only a small handful of actual examples of the eggcorn
"eggcorn" -- mostly discussions of the eggcorn phenomenon and lots of
sequences of the words "egg" and "corn" (in recipes, for example).)

arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)

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